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   RE: Use cases for XML failure (was Re: #2 Re: [SML] Whether to support

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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@docuverse.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 19:02:31 -0800

>> My experience with the DOM WG *and* my recent day jobs  is
>> similar -- the least useful parts of XML cause the most work 
>for people
>> supporting it. Both CDATA sections and external parsed 
>entities caused
>> *massive* amounts of work and contention for us in devising 
>the DOM API.
>Sure, so what? I was part of those battles, and I don't see 
>the relevance.
>Come up with some use cases where XML simply *cannot* be deployed in a
>handheld device, and SML could, and I might even start to see the point
>of SML. I'd be more convinced if you projected the technological trends
>over a year or two, and could still have the same use-case a year from


I was part of those battles too and I agree entirely with
Michael.  DOM got the nasty-end of the stick because of
arcane features of XML and others (i.e. namespace spec).

SML is not about doing what XML *cannot*.  SML is about
creating an ideal tool.  We are not asking people to cut
steak with a fork so please let the knife and the fork
lie side-by-side.

We can gang up on the 'spoon' and 'chopstick' folks
later. <g>


Don Park    -   mailto:donpark@docuverse.com
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